MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College community recently recognized new members to Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Eight people affiliated with the Bobcat Athletic Department were tapped for this honor.
Chosen from women’s basketball was junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomore Kayla Upchurch (Alpharetta, Ga.); from baseball was graduate student Joe Scott (Warner Robins, Ga.), and junior Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.); former softball player Sabrina Chandler was also selected; as was soccer sophomore Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), tennis senior Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Smith.
A number of selective criteria helped Georgia College administration put together the list of 312 members, all of which point to a high level of academic distinction.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.
Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines - a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.